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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


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VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

CIA Can Expand Using Drones in Pakistan: Report

CIA Can Expand Using Drones in Pakistan: Report

US Immigration Detention Practices Hinder Justice


"The transfers are devastating, absolutely devastating. [Detainees] are loaded onto a plane in the middle of the night. They have no idea where they are … I cannot overemphasize the psychological trauma to these people," said Rebecca Schreve, an immigration attorney.

The practice of transferring immigrants facing deportation to detention facilities often thousands of miles from their homes has hit new highs. Moving people away from their families, lawyers and evidence hurts their legal defenses. Detainees are not allowed to call anyone before being moved. Often, they end up in remote lock-ups in states unable to handle their legal needs.

Immigrants board a Department of Homeland Security flight. © 2009 Michael SchennumOne reason for the transfer is to save money: the government hires subcontractors to house the detainees in inexpensive parts of the country. The subcontractors, in turn, often transfer detainees between their facilities. The practice is growing. Of the 1.4 million transfers that occurred between 1999 and 2008, 53% happened since 2006. In 2008, they're expecting the highest transfer rate yet.

"What it does to their family members cannot be fully captured either," continued Schreve. "I have taken calls from seriously hysterical family members - incredibly traumatized people - sobbing on the phone, crying out, 'I don't know where my son or husband is!'"



World AIDS Day 2009

It's been more than two decades since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began. In places like Uganda, prevention and treatment are threatened by human rights abuses.


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Although President Barack Obama pledged 30,000 additional US troops for the war in Afghanistan, security in the area depends not on the number of soldiers, but on what the troops are there to do and how they help protect civilians. While the US government's focus on corruption in Afghanistan is encouraging, there needs to be effective mechanisms for bringing human rights abusers to justice.

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Two weeks ago, Chinese officials denied the existence of unlawful detention facilities, or "black jails," even within hours of Human Rights Watch launching a report based on interviews with dozens of former inmates. But this week, a Chinese Communist Party-run magazine published an in-depth exposure of "black jails," which indirectly referenced our report.

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Corruption in Indonesia's lucrative forestry industry costs the government US$2 billion annually, detracting from the resources available to meet its obligations on economic and social rights. Inadequate oversight and conflicts of interest also raise a red flag over whether Indonesia can be a reliable carbon-trading partner.
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Burundi's government should immediately reverse a new policy of deporting Rwandan asylum seekers without considering their cases. A Burundi official ordered police to return 103 asylum seekers to Rwanda, in violation of international law.
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At a time when other countries in the region, from Iraq to Turkey, are improving the treatment of their Kurdish minority, Syria remains resistant to change. In fact, Syria has been especially hostile to any Kurdish political or cultural expression.
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By Judith Sunderland, published in European Voice
The vote on Sunday amending Switzerland's constitution to ban minaret construction is a sad reflection of growing intolerance toward Muslims in Western Europe.
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United Nations member countries should call for an end to grave human rights violations in North Korea at the review of the nation's human rights record scheduled for December 7, 2009.
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A 60 Minutes segment exposing details on how gold funds the deadly war in Democratic Republic of Congo featured an interview with senior Congo researcher Anneke van Woutenberg.
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President Obama's Secret:

President Obama's Secret:
Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan
One Thousand U.S. Soldiers and $300 Million for Every One al Qaeda Fighter
President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.

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Civil Disobedience Needed to Win Action on Climate Change, New Greenpeace Chief Says

Civil Disobedience Needed to Win Action on Climate Change, New Greenpeace Chief Says

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NSArchive: Jacobo Timerman Destabilized Argentine Dictatorship--Bi-Lingual--

National Security Archive Update, December 3, 2009

Jacobo Timerman Destabilized Argentine Dictatorship

For more information contact:
Carlos Osorio - 202/994-7061

Washington, DC, December 3, 2009 - 30 years after the release of Jacobo Timerman, the former newspaper editor and Argentina's most famous political prisoner during the military dictatorship, the National Security Archive today posted declassified documents that confirm that his case almost resulted in the fracture of the military regime. One September 1979 document states, "President Videla, the civilian Minister of Justice, and the entire Supreme Court threatened to resign" if the military high command refused to release Jacobo Timerman. U.S. Ambassador Raúl Castro requested that Videla directly call President Jimmy Carter if Timerman was released "so the American President would be the first to know the fate of [a situation] of his high interest."

"The Timerman case reflects the struggle over human rights and freedom of the press in Argentina," said Carlos Osorio, director of the Southern Cone project at the National Security Archive. "For that reason it is imperative that all relevant documents in the U.S. and in Argentina be declassified and made available for public scrutiny."

A selection of 18 U.S. documents illustrates how the military used multiple legal pretexts to break up his newspaper, La Opinión, expropriate his other properties, strip him of his citizenship, and expel him from the country. After he was finally released and expelled from Argentina on September 25, 1979, Timerman recounted his experience in a best-selling book, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, which called international attention to the repression in Argentina.

As part of this collaborative project with the National Security Archive, the Provincial Commission for Memory in Argentina today is publishing a selection of secret documents on the Timerman case from the files of the Directorate of Buenos Aires Police Intelligence. In addition, the College of William and Mary is publishing a chronology of abuses committed against Jacobo Timerman.

For more information, visit the Archive Web site




Jacobo Timerman hizo Tambalear a la Dictadura Argentina

La Administración de Carter dio prioridad a este caso; la liberación de Timerman estremeció a la Junta Militar en 1979

Carlos Osorio - 202/994-7061

Washington, DC, 3 de diciembre de 2009 - Treinta años después de la liberación de Jacobo Timerman, editor, periodista, y uno de los presos políticos más conocidos durante la dictadura militar en Argentina, el National Security Archive publica documentos estadounidenses desclasificados que confirman que su caso casi resultó en el colapso del régimen de Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla. En septiembre de 1979, los documentos confirman que "Videla, el civil Ministro de Justicia, y la Corte Suprema en su totalidad amenazaron con renunciar" si el alto mando militar no excarcelaba a Jacobo Timerman. Por su parte, el Embajador de los EEUU en Buenos Aires, pidió a Videla que el Presidente Carter sea "el primero en saber el resultado de una situación de mucho interés para él".

"El caso Timerman refleja la lucha sobre derechos humanos y de la libertad de prensa en Argentina," dijo Carlos Osorio, jefe del proyecto del Cono Sur en el National Security Archive. "Por eso es importante conseguir la desclasificación de todos los documentos relevantes".

Una serie de 18 documentos estadounidenses muestran cómo los militares usaron docenas de pretextos legales para desarticular su diario, La Opinión, quitarle otras propiedades, despojarlo de la ciudadanía argentina, y expulsarlo del país. Finalmente liberado y expulsado de Argentina en 1979, Jacobo Timerman, escribió el testimonio que dio rostro internacional a las miles de víctimas de la dictadura militar. El libro "Preso sin nombre, celda sin número" llegó a ser leído en todo el mundo llamando la atención internacional sobre la represión en Argentina.

Como parte de este proyecto de cooperación con el National Security Archive, la Comisión Provincial por la Memoria en Argentina publica hoy una selección de documentos secretos de la Dirección de Inteligencia de la Policía de Buenos Aires. Por otra parte, la Universidad de William and Mary publica una cronología de los abusos cometidos contra Jacobo Timerman.

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NARAL Pro-Choice: New television ad - keep it going!

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NSArchives: Bush and Gorbachev at Malta--Previously Secret Documents from Soviet and U.S. Files

National Security Archive Update, December 3, 2009

Bush and Gorbachev at Malta

Previously Secret Documents from Soviet and
U.S. Files on the 1989 Meeting, 20 Years Later

For more information contact:
Svetlana Savranskaya or Thomas Blanton
202/994-7000 or

Washington, DC, December 3, 2009 - President George H.W. Bush approached the Malta summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev 20 years ago this week determined to avoid arms control topics and simply promote a public image of "new pace and purpose" with him "leading as much as Gorbachev"; but realized from his face-to-face discussions that Gorbachev was offering an arms race in reverse, according to previously secret documents posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive.

The documents include the most complete transcript of the Malta summit ever published - excerpted from the forthcoming book, "Masterpieces of History": The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989 (edited by Svetlana Savranskaya, Thomas Blanton, and Vladislav Zubok for the Central European University Press). The transcript is a translation of the Soviet record from the Gorbachev Foundation, since the U.S. memcons remain, astonishingly, still classified at the George H.W. Bush Library in Texas.

The posting also includes the transcript of Gorbachev's historic meeting before Malta with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, featuring remarkable agreement on values and the "common European home," including the Polish pontiff's statement that "Europe should breathe with two lungs." From the American side, the documents include the before-and-after National Security Council talking points prepared for Bush, the preparatory memos to Bush from Secretary of State James Baker and other top aides, intelligence briefings for Bush from the CIA and the State Department, and the Bush script and briefing book contents list for Malta itself - all obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, visit the Archive Web site:


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Jewish Peace News: Update on the Prosecution & Harassment of New Profile

This past April, the Israeli police raided the homes of and detained and interrogated several activists with New Profile, the Israeli organization dedicated to demilitarizing Israeli society, in an effort to paint New Profile's support of draft resisters and military refusers with the brush of criminality. New Profile has just reported some good news: the criminal investigation into their work has been officially closed, with no charges filed. As you will see in this new report from New Profile, below, they still face additional uncertainty in the form of an organized effort to remove their nonprofit status, which would effectively bar the funding of their work.

The letter below offers an update on New Profile as well as several other ongoing targets of the "heightened government repression of opposition and legitimate political discourse," as New Profile activists explain it. They say that the prosecution of their organization is "a single manifestation of the overall, ongoing harassment of citizens who dare to question government and military procedures or suggest alternative options," and note that "[re]pressive measures are directed, most pronouncedly, at Palestinians living in the occupied territories—including the Gaza Strip, to which Israel continues to apply its lethal siege—but also at dissenting Palestinian citizens of Israel, dissenting Jewish Israelis and international peace workers." This letter, like the ones before it, contains updates on other targets of Israeli government repression, including Mohammad Othman, Ezra Nawi, and Anarchists Against the Wall. Each update contains a link which you can follow for more
and to take action in support of these activists and their right to actively oppose Israeli policies.

JPN has reported on the Israeli government's effort to silence New Profile since they began. Here are a few useful links for background on the persecution of New Profile: --- to an article by Rela Mazali, entitled "Israel's War Against Youth," originally printed in the Guardian. --- the first report on the police raid, including a video of a demonstration in support of New Profile that was violently broken up by police. New Profile has posted ongoing updates on their prosecution along with useful analysis and background information here:

Sarah Anne Minkin

December 1, 2009

Dear Friends and Supporters,

This time, for a change, we're bringing you (at least some) good news.

As you may recall, this past year New Profile faced a two pronged attempt to forcefully silence and suppress our work towards demilitarizing state and society in Israel. First, in the spring of 2008, a right-wing nonprofit petitioned the High Court of Justice to order the authority in charge to cancel New Profile's nonprofit status, which would have effectively blocked our access to funding. Then, in September 2008, the State Prosecutor's Office announced a criminal investigation of New Profile, followed, in April 2009, by a highly publicized and dramatized police "raid," during which eleven activists were summoned and held for interrogation.

Many thousands of you responded to our call for support, distributed and backed up throughout the world by sister-organizations and individuals. You demonstrated, wrote protest letters to Israel's authorities while expressing and extending your support for us in many thoughtful and inventive ways. This period has been an exceedingly trying one for all of us and your steady, visible support has been a lifeline. We can't thank you enough.

Now for the good news:

On November 1, 2009, the State Prosecutor's Office finally notified the High Court of Justice that it was terminating the criminal investigation of New Profile with no charges whatsoever, due to lack of culpability and lack of evidence.    Following the closure of the criminal investigation, the outstanding issue of New Profile's non-profit status has now been returned to the jurisdiction and discretion of the official in charge of registering and monitoring all nonprofits in Israel (the Fellowship of Societies Registrar). Based on the (non-)findings of the criminal investigation, attorneys Gaby Lasky and Smadar Ben-Natan, the lawyers steadfastly and impressively representing New Profile, filed an immediate request that the High Court reject outright the still outstanding petition against New Profile. On November 23 2009, the High Court judge announced his decision to await the Registrar's response. Accordingly, at this point, a final decision on New Profile's nonprofit status is
still pending and the movement may still find itself effectively stripped of a legal funding channel.

Nevertheless, we are greatly relieved by the termination without charges of the criminal investigation and by its clear vindication of New Profile as operating within the law. This does not, however, detract from the complex aftermath of the experience, in particular for those of us whose homes were searched by police, whose personal computers and other materials were confiscated, who were escorted or summoned to police headquarters for interrogation, fingerprinting, etc.

As we've clarified in previous updates, New Profile's persecution, its attempted stigmatization and the implied accusations of high treason conveyed by the highly dramatized criminal investigation, all form parts of a consistent fabric, rather than an isolated incident. The persecution of New Profile is but one instance of the heightened government repression of opposition and legitimate political discourse. It is a single manifestation of the overall, ongoing harassment of citizens who dare to question government and military procedures or suggest alternative options. Repressive measures are directed, most pronouncedly, at Palestinians living in the occupied territories—including the Gaza Strip, to which Israel continues to apply its lethal siege—but also at dissenting Palestinian citizens of Israel, dissenting Jewish Israelis and international peace workers.

While predominantly dedicated to Israel's actions in Gaza earlier this year, and clearly indicating that these were in violation of international humanitarian law, the recent report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, headed by renowned jurist Richard Goldstone, also noted the suppression of dissent inside Israel. The report documented the systematic state abuse of power via the legal system and police force aimed at silencing protest. Many peaceful protesters, the report said, were detained pending trial, presented as gravely endangering the public, and charged with serious offenses rather than the relatively minor misdemeanors previously customary in such cases. The report expressly cited the persecution of New Profile ( and Breaking the Silence ( while emphasizing both the crucial importance of critical discourse in Israel and its systematic suppression (see:

The Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has documented an escalation of state violence against left wing activists since Israel's incursion into Gaza in December 2008 (see for instance:; Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has issued a comprehensive report on the state repression of dissident Palestinian citizens of Israel, particularly university students, titled "Prohibited Protest" (see:

In our updates over the past year, we have listed many instances of this state campaign of repression. Here is a brief follow-up on some of them:

1)     Ezra Nawi has been sanctioned by the court—allegedly for assaulting a police officer, but in fact for working non-violently to resist the dispossession of Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills; last month he was both fined and sentenced to a month in prison (see: .

2)     Samieh Jabbarin, a Jaffa based theater artist, was finally released earlier this month, after 10 months of house arrest on similar charges; allegedly assaulting a police officer. His trial is set for January 2010 (see, for instance:

3)     Anarchists Against the Wall have been facing increased "legal" persecution, jail sentences and physical attacks by the military and police over recent months. Statistics on the number of activists indicted and standing trial—many on charges similar to the above—are available on their website (see: "and still counting". Yet persevering, Palestinian, Jewish and international activists continue to hold non-violent protests every week in the villages of Bi'ilin, Ma'asara, and Ni'ilin. More recently, activist Matan Cohen, 22, who was shot in the eye by Israel's Border Police in 2006, lost the lawsuit he had filed against the state. Moreover, the court ruling instructed that he pay the sum of 50,000 NIS ($13,500.00).

4)     The Shminstim, a group of Israeli teenagers declaring their refusal to serve the occupation, some of whom face incarceration for their beliefs, are now receiving jail sentences. As we write this letter, Conscientious Objector Or Ben-David is serving one more of the successive two to four week prison terms that the army usually metes out to these young refusers (see:

And in an additional, exemplary case:

5)     Mohammad Othman, a Palestinian human rights activist, is currently being transferred to so-called "administrative detention", amounting to detention for an indefinite period on unpublicized suspicions, without charges or trial, following 61 days of detention and harsh interrogation by Israeli authorities, after returning to the West Bank from a human rights advocacy trip to Norway (see, for instance:

We wish to point out that the attempt to criminalize New Profile and the distinctly stepped up drive to silence and stop active dissent in Israel seem to suggest that the authorities are seriously worried about a growing opposition. The surface of Israeli society as we know it seems to be cracking open. A current intensive government campaign to convince young eighteen-year-olds to comply with conscription law and enlist (see for instance: is, apparently, just one more piece of evidence that the hold of entrenched mindsets and habits is weakening.

Each of you is crucial to this ongoing process, wherever you are; spreading critical analyses and information, engaging, offering and inventing support in various ways.

New Profile's website features continuous updates on imprisoned Conscientious Objectors ( and how to support them as well as other New Profile activities. Our listserve provides daily updates in English on occupation, resistance, and Israeli militarization (subscribe via our English homepage, at the bottom right corner:

Also, please, if you're able, circulate this letter further—to friends, family, activists, colleagues.

Thank you,

Ruth Hiller, Rela Mazali & all the activists of New Profile

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Afghanistan here we come...

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Bring peace to the region?

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Words Without Borders: International Sci Fi

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On Packing by Herta Müller, translated from the German by Donal McLaughlin
Three Times Germany by Uwe Mengel, translated from the German by Uwe Mengel

The Knowledge Holder Doesn't Choke on Cleverness by Feridun Zaimoglu, translated from the German by Kristin Dickinson and Robin Ellis and Priscilla Layne



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image: Michael Kagan, "These Modern Times," 2009, 34 x 60 inches, oil on linen.

Out of this World: International Science Fiction
The December Issue
This month we're traveling in the world of science fiction. From nineteenth-century Pakistan to twenty-first century Russia, authors rocket through time and space to explore worlds uncharted yet oddly familiar. Replicants and aliens, spaceships and shapeshifters are all in play; the future mirrors the present, and the intelligence is anything but artificial. Lift off with Stanisław Lem, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Olga Slavnikova, Zoran Zivković, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machado de Assis, Liu Cixin, Pablo A. Castro, and Muhammad Husain Jah, and prepare to be launched into the fantastic.

From Man from Mars
In Stanisław Lem's first novel, New York is an alien place
Translated by Peter Swirski
The street sizzled. The clatter of skytrains, the car horns, the rattle of speeding trolleys, the twitter of traffic lights and the massive hubbub of human voices, all seethed in dark blue air, sliced into smithereens by columns of light of all colors and shades. more>>>

Balloon to Solaris
Tomasz Kołodziejczak provides an overview of the legacy of Lem
Translated by Stanley Bill
Polish speculative fiction has been developing for over two hundred years, although it was only sixty years ago that science fiction began to be treated as a separate segment of the publishing market, with its own publishing series, authors, and critical apparatus. more>>>

From 2017
One hundred years after the revolution, Olga Slavnikova's Russians hunt rubies and dodge spirits
Translated by Marian Schwartz
Suddenly Anfilogov imagined the sound changed, as if the river had turned around. Simultaneously he noticed next to the first prospecting pit, which the rock hounds had long since abandoned due to the meagerness of the find, a woman's silhouette as if through tissue paper. more>>>

Sentimental Education
Zoran Zivković's psychiatrist recovers a patient's memory
Translated by Alice Copple Tosić
"I saw your past all the way up to your arrival at the sanatorium. It's clearly registered on the backup copy." more>>>

From The Stories of Ibis
Hiroshi Yamamoto on role-playing gone awry
Translated by Takami Nieda
"The Celestial is both the name of the club and the name of this starship here. The members of the club are all crewmembers aboard the ship. We all call each other by our character names." more>>>

A Visit from Alcibiades
Machado de Assis's "spiritist" calls forth the illustrious Athenian
Translated by Clifford E. Landers
The form spoke, and spoke perfect Attic Greek. It was he, there could be no doubt that it was he himself, a man dead for twenty centuries, restored to life. more>>>

From Ball Lightning
Liu Cixin's fourteen-year-old sees his parents turned to ash
Translated by Joel Martinsen
The storm that night made it seem as if the whole universe held nothing but the rapid flashes of lightning and our small room. Electric blue bursts froze the rain into solid drops for an instant, forming dense strings of glittering crystals suspended between heaven and earth. more>>>

From Key of Passage
Tomasz Kołodziejczakpaints a future Poland taken over by elves
Translated by Michael Kandel
The elves' taste could have been better. When they took over Warsaw, they fell in love with the Palace of Culture, Stalin's dreadful gift to the city. more>>>

Pablo A. Castroon the final replication of life
Translated by Andrea Bell
I'm not talking about virtual projections, or those VR machines from last century's B-movies. I'm talking about creating a totally new entity, an exact copy of the person, living just as if he or she were alive. more>>>

From Pakistan, Muhammad Husain Jah presents the world's first magical fantasy epic
Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
We are told that in the bottom of the untold past a group of sorcerers met to create a magical world or tilism by using occult sciences to infuse inanimate matter with the spirits of planetary and cosmic forces. more>>>

New Reviews

Field of Honour
by Max Aub
Translated from the Spanish by Gerald Martin
Verso, 2009

Reviewed by Jonathan Blitzer
Field of Honour is a novel of relentless descriptions and namings; its scenes are dense with words." more>>>

Balakian-Armenian-GolgothaArmenian Golgotha
by Grigoris Balakian
Translated from the Armenian by Peter Balakian with Aris Sevag
Knopf, 2009

Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao
On April 24, 1915, some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Constantinople. more>>>
More from the Bookshelf. . .

Also in December...

From the Blog
Poeboes Podcast: Michael Schmidt by Andre Naffis, Dispatches: Shadows of Your Black Memory by Geoff Wisner, The Salon du Livre de Montréal by Susan Harris and more.

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